August 14, 1888|
|Died: July 29, 1954
|September 2, 1912 for the Chicago White Sox|
Last MLB appearance
|September 10, 1916 for the St. Louis Browns|
|Runs batted in||136|
Career highlights and awards
William Baker "Babe" Borton (born August 14, 1888 – July 29, 1954) was a Major League Baseball first baseman. Borton played for the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, St. Louis Terriers, and St. Louis Browns from 1912 to 1916. He stood at 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m).
Borton was born in Marion, Illinois in 1888. He started his professional baseball career in 1910, at the age of 21. In 1912, he was hitting .369 in the Western League when he was acquired by the White Sox late in the season. He played one season for them before being traded to the Yankees for Hal Chase. He hit just .130 in New York and was released. In 1914, he played in the Pacific Coast League.
1915 was Borton's only full major league campaign, and he made it count. With the St. Louis Terriers, he led the Federal League in walks (92) and runs scored (97) and was fourth in on-base percentage (.395). After the season, the Federal League folded, and Borton was purchased by the American League's Browns. He hit just .224 in 1916 and never played in the majors again. From 1917 to 1920, he played in the Pacific Coast League. He batted .303 in 1919, as his team - the Vernon Tigers - won the pennant. In 1920, he was batting .326 late in the season when he was suspended.
In July 1920, Borton had tried to bribe an opposing pitcher into throwing a game. As details in the scandal emerged, it was discovered that he and some Vernon teammates had also bribed opponents in 1919 to throw the pennant to the Tigers. Borton was eventually cleared of any criminal charges in December, but along with Harl Maggert, Gene Dale, and Bill Rumler, Borton was expelled from the Pacific Coast League.
- "Babe Borton Minor League Statistics & History". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
- Ginsburg, Daniel E. The Fix Is in: A History of Baseball Gambling and Game Fixing Scandals (McFarland, 2004), pp. 265–272.
- "Quash Indictments Against Players". The New York Times, December 25, 1920.
- "Vernon Tigers". sportshollywood.com. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
- "Babe Borton Death Certificate". thedeadballera.com. Retrieved 2010-11-04.